Acclaimed sportswriter Gary D’Amato will soon provide a hilarious look at what it was like growing up in middle class middle America in the 1960s in his book tentatively
titled, A Perfect Childhood: Growing up in the 1960s with Baseball, The Beatles, and Beaver Cleaver. The book is scheduled to be released by PathBinder Publishing in October.
A three-time Wisconsin sportswriter of the year and member of the Wisconsin State Golf Hall of Fame, D’Amato takes us to his roots in suburban Milwaukee for his ninth book as he provides insight into several of his childhood triumphs and traumas, many of which we all can relate to.
D’Amato’s adventures include such events as:
- The time he met a real, live member of The Beatles.
- Playing an awkward game of “Spin the Bottle” at his birthday party.
- His pet gerbil, Frisky, taking a ride in a homemade rocket.
- The most embarrassing moment of his life, which occurred in gym class.
- His one and only deer hunting experience.
- Going for the gold in the big Pinewood Derby competition.
- The guilt and shame of being a fifth-grade thief.
- A death-defying scooter ride with his “motorcycle gang.”
Whatever topic he’s writing about, D’Amato employs an easy-to-digest style honed through nearly 40 years as a sports journalist that informs and entertains as readers gobble up the nostalgic look back to a time before smartphones, VCRs, and cable television.
D’Amato has authored or co-authored eight other books, including Mudbaths and Bloodbaths: The Inside Story of the Bears-Packers Rivalry with Cliff Cristl, Alive and Kicking: My Journey Through Football, Addiction and Life with Chester Marcol, and two books on golf.
A Perfect Childhood is a series of superbly told coming-of-age stories that will entertain fans of not only the 1960s, but also anyone interested in the typical experiences of childhood (i.e., trying to fit in, learning to accept responsibility, trying to make their parents proud).
Gary D’Amato is an expert on all of these topics, and he also is an expert in making his personal experiences of them relatable to readers. You’ll cheer his successes and mourn his failures, while recalling your own in a similar light.
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